Putting on a party for your child is difficult, especially making it fun and different. These 5 themes below will do the trick without you having to break the bank.
With recent blockbusters such as Avengers Assemble and The Dark Knight Rises, superheroes are definitely back in style – providing an ideal theme for a kid’s party. Their great outfits make dressing up a possibility, and with so many superheroes protecting Earth the inspiration is endless.
For refreshments there are so many ideas. Limeade could easily become liquid kryptonite, or ‘gamma ray-de’ from the Hulk. ‘PUNCH!’ is an easy and popular choice with a suitable title. Cupcakes decorated with Spiderman’s webs, Superman’s logo and the X-Men symbol make for tasty treats. You could also try frozen treats in reference to Captain America’s frosty slumber.
When the world’s littlest heroes need entertaining, the classic ‘Who Am I?’ game works well with a superhero theme. Try renaming musical statues ‘musical Iceman’, or make a fake Mjölnir and swing for a piñata containing gummy ‘radioactive’ spiders.
Alice In Wonderland
Alice In Wonderland provides an interesting and unusual theme for a children’s party, that will have them all talking. Again, there is the opportunity to dress up as a variety of colourful characters from the Dormouse to the Mad Hatter. Why not make it a tea party? Have different types of tea for the kids to sample, but have juice on standby too. Cakes, little sandwiches, gummy caterpillars… simple but effective.
For entertainment, the kids can play a spin on the classic ‘pin the tail on the donkey’. Instead try ‘pin the tail on the Cheshire Cat’, and take part in a very apt game of croquet. This kid’s party is certainly a ‘very important date’!
Murder mystery parties are very popular with adults, and kids enjoy them too. The set up is the same, but instead of solving murders the kids solve crimes like thefts. This is a good idea for a party theme as the children have to use their brains, and they end up getting quite into it!
To fill the little detectives serve them sandwiches in the shape of footprints. ‘Magnifying glass’ lollipops, and cookies iced with question marks make excellent sweet treats. An amusing idea is to have a burglar’s swag bag, and fill it with goodies that the thief has ‘stolen.’ This can be a lucky dip for the kids to delve into and see what they can recover.
One for all the little belles of the ball. The kids can come dressed as their favourite princess, or they could ask the mirror who they are. Set out a mirror for them each to ask ‘mirror, mirror…’ style which princess they are.
To keep them busy draw doors on either side of a pumpkin, and have the kids decorate it to make a carriage. If you can’t get a pumpkin, they could design their own ball gowns instead. Put on some music to dance to, and play ‘musical Sleeping Beauty’ (make sure they go down carefully). At the end of the party why not let off some paper lanterns, and enjoy the ‘floating lights’?
Feeding the princesses is easy. Sit them down on a ‘magic carpet’ sent from Aladdin for Princess Jasmine and her friends, and serve up some delicious sandwiches cut into heart shapes. Use Rapunzel’s frying pan to cook up some pancakes, then for dessert toffee apples are perfect – promise they’re not poisoned!
Arts and Crafts
Like the mystery party, this is a good one for keeping the kids entertained without having them running riot. They can start by making and decorating their own party hats to get into the swing of things!
Arty, crafty ideas are limitless. What about making clay versions of themselves – or each other? Or try the old painted pasta photo frame. A fun idea is to have them each contribute to personalizing plain white t-shirts for each other, as a memento of the party.
Get creative with the refreshments. Make different coloured, irregular shaped pancakes using food colouring, so that they look like paint splatters. If you feel like dealing with excited children, sherbet looks a lot like chalk dust. Finally, have a selection of dips and sauces for them to dip breadsticks in, and it will be like they’re readying a brush for painting.
The most important thing is to make sure that everyone has fun. So don’t over complicate things, let your imagination take hold, and use your inner child to make your own child’s party one to remember!